Nothing lightens the mood and lifts the spirits like a feel-good flick! JB Hi-Fi has curated a range that’s guaranteed to put a big smile on your dial, in conjunction with their Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer on every single movie. So, now is the time to grab yourself an uplifting triple-feature! Pick and mix from STACK‘s selection of all-time favourites…
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Although considered a Christmas movie, Frank Capra’s uplifting 1946 masterpiece will make you feel good at any time of the year! Believing he’s failed everybody and preparing to end his life, bank manager George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) meets an angel sent down to Earth to show him the profoundly good effect he’s had on the lives of so many in his orbit, and how different things would be without his presence. And the film’s new 4K transfer is indeed wonderful.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Blending the magic of the circus with musical theatre, this biopic on P.T. Barnum is ebullient, feel-good entertainment at its very best, with natural showman Hugh Jackman clearly in his element. A refreshingly modern take on the classic musical format that will set your spirits soaring, with the Oscar-nominated original song This Is Me among the many happy highlights.
Daryl Kerrigan’s struggle to save his humble home from developers epitomises the spirit of the Aussie battler and the triumph of the underdog. Loaded with quotes that enriched the local lexicon, plus pitch perfect performances, Working Dog’s rough diamond is a fair dinkum national treasure that will make you feel bloody marvellous. And what good is a pool room without a copy of this Aussie classic?
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
In 1987, a film that had everything – fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles – arrived, and the world was blessed with the perfect movie for any occasion, from needing a good cheer up to celebrating a royal “mawwage”. Directed by Rob Reiner and adapted for the screen by William Goldman (from his novel of the same name), this eighties’ favourite is amongst the most quoted flicks of all-time.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Dewey Finn (Jack Black) has sold his soul to rock ‘n’ roll and when a temp teaching gig arrives for his housemate, he impersonates his roomie and winds up with a young class under his rockin’ thrall, enlisting them to help win a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition. If there’s been one defining role for Jack Black, this is it. School of Rock is a must-see for anybody who’s ever wanted to, well, rock!
“Run, Forrest, run!” And he did, right into moviegoers’ hearts and off with a swag of Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth). A revisionist history tale of drama, romance and friendship, Forrest Gump may be a simple man, but he’s a good man who has an influence on more in his orbit than he ever realises. A heartwarming tale of heart over brains.
In his second feature outing, the beloved British bear is not only a fully-fledged member of the Brown family, he’s also become the glue – or perhaps marmalade would be a more suitable sticky noun – that holds his local community of Windsor Gardens together. This truly delightful sequel takes a leaf out of the book marked “classic adventure movies” and delivers a genuinely sweet and funny experience for kids and adults alike, while never crossing the line into saccharine – or cynical.
The incredible, untold true story of a trio of brilliant African-American mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer) working in the segregated division of NASA, who were instrumental in sending John Glenn into orbit back in 1962 and the quest for equal rights and opportunity rocketing forwards. You’ll be rooting for and applauding these three women for the entirety of this inspirational, feel-good drama.
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
Steven Spielberg’s bona fide 1982 classic made it OK to love aliens – or at least the titular squishy little brown being at the heart of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A beloved masterpiece for the whole family that continues to tug at hearts and light them up with warmth and happiness, even while the inevitable tears are flowing.